Hundreds gather to honor gang bangers, I mean Metro officers slain in 2014

Hundreds of people joined officers from law enforcement agencies across Southern Nevada on Thursday night at Police Memorial Park to memorialize those who gave their lives in the line of duty.

Las Vegas police added the names of officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo to the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial, a stone wall engraved with the names of the fallen. The sunset ceremony is an annual event that pays tribute to the local law enforcement officers, numbering 34, who have died since 1905.

A multi-agency honor guard opened the ceremony, with bagpipes and drums playing the traditional, somber tunes often heard at officers’ funerals.

The families of those killed in service to the community walked along a path next to the stone memorial and took a seat, each holding a white rose that would later be placed in a memorial bouquet.

For those who knew Beck and Soldo, the wounds were still fresh.

The officers were gunned down while eating lunch on June 8. Their killers then continued on a violent rampage and took the life of good Samaritan Joseph Wilcox before they died in a standoff with police.

Metro Undersheriff Kevin McMahill spoke to the crowd about the price of service, of tears and gratitude.

“You can take a life, but you can’t take a legacy,” he said.

Never before had the community seen such a senseless, evil act, he said.

But the ceremony at the park near Cheyenne Avenue and Hualapai Way was not just about the newest additions to the memorial. Cops, FBI agents and corrections officers who lost their lives also were honored.

Like search and rescue officer David Vanbuskirk, who died in a tragic accident after rescuing a stranded hiker on Mount Charleston in July 2013.

“Every time I’m out here, my heart breaks,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said, adding that the community needs to make sure that none of the officers died in vain.

“We will not tolerate any more the anger and the hate that’s out there,” she said.

Las Vegas City Councilman Stavros Anthony, a former cop himself, said it takes courage to do police work, to protect the innocent and face hardened criminals. To say goodbye to your family in the morning knowing that you may not come home at night.

“God knows they chased evil in this world, and they are being rewarded in heaven,” he said.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told the families of officers who were killed, whether long ago or recently, that the brotherhood of the police community extends to them as well.

An American flag lowered to half-staff billowed as the Leavitt Middle School choir sang “America the Beautiful.”

The sky grew dark, and youths from Metro’s Explorer program released 34 white balloons with lights inside, representative of the light the officers brought to the community.

They rose high into the sky and looked like flying doves in the distance.

Reno Police chief Steve Pitts resigning

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Reno Police Chief Steve Pitts has announced his retirement from the city, effective April 10, according to a media release from the city.

Pitts was promoted to deputy chief of the Reno Police Department in January 2008. He served as interim police chief from March 2010 to March 2011, at which time he accepted the permanent position as police chief.

“I have been blessed, with you, to serve our community, our council, and all of local law enforcement,” Pitts wrote Friday in an email to the police department. “Thank you for allowing me to be your chief of police; it has been a priceless experience. Always serve with a full heart, and move our organization forward toward what is best for our community.”

Pitts has more than 35 years of police service, spending numerous years in major case and homicide investigations, emergency management, and crisis intervention. He has more than 25 years of experience in special weapons and tactics and other special operations units, and more than 15 years of command level experience.

“Chief Pitts has been an incredible asset to our community and all city employees and elected officials who have had the honor of working with him,” Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve said in the release. “We thank him for his years of service and leadership, and he has made our city very proud.”

METRO PROPAGANDA: Why I became a Metro police officer.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (also known as the LVMPD or Metro) is a joint city-county police force for the City of Las Vegas and Clark County, Nevada. It is headed by the Sheriff of Clark County, elected every four years. The current Sheriff of Clark County is Joseph Lombardo who became sheriff in January 2015. The sheriff is the only elected head law enforcement officer within the county, and, as such, the department is not under the direct control of the city, county or state.

Metro is the largest law enforcement agency in the state of Nevada, and one of the largest police agencies in the United States.[1]

New Information On Downtown Sonora, CA cops vs. badguy Shootout

B.J. Hansen, MML News DIrector

Sonora, CA — The Tuolumne County Sheriff’s Office has released some video of the pursuit, and the names of the officer and deputies involved in last month’s fatal shootout with Bruce Snyder.

Sheriff Jim Mele and Sonora Police Chief Mark Stinson held a joint press conference this morning to release the new information.

Mele noted that 911 dispatch received a telephone call on the night of Saturday, November 22, claiming a suspect allegedly had a gun and was trying to break into a home on Orchard Avenue in Sonora. The caller knew the suspect, and identified him as Bruce Snyder.

Snyder arrived at the home in hopes of talking with a female at the residence. The unidentified male who placed the 911 call was able to convince Snyder that the female was not at the home, even though she was there. Snyder then left the area.

Snyder was later spotted and pulled over by Sonora Police Officer Ryan Webb on North Washington Street near School Street. A shootout transpired when Snyder opened fire on Officer Webb.

Officer Webb was hit by a bullet in the area of his hip, and an innocent female bystander visiting from North Carolina was hit by a bullet from Snyder’s Smith and Wesson, model 410, .40 caliber pistol. Officer Webb fired 16 rounds, and it is unclear at this time how many were shot by Snyder. The Department of Justice is continuing its investigation into that matter. Multiple rounds hit nearby vehicles and businesses.

It’s believed that Snyder was not hit during the first shootout, because no blood was found in his vehicle.

Snyder got back into his El Camino and led Officer Webb on a chase southbound on Washington Street, over to Highway 108, turning west, then eventually turning on Stockton Road (Highway 49), and back to downtown Sonora.

Snyder pulled over, and a second shootout transpired, and a total of 39 shots were fired by Officer Webb, Deputy Jerry McCaig and Deputy Scott Meyer. Snyder was eventually hit 14 times.

A forensic autopsy found that Snyder’s blood alcohol level was .25, but there were no other substances in his system.

Sheriff Mele noted that during interviews, people close to Snyder expressed that he had previously made statements about being willing to open up fire against law enforcement, if circumstances ever came to it, as he did not want to go back to prison.

You can click on video of the second pursuit by clicking on the box in the upper left hand corner. The video is the onboard camera of Officer Webb’s vehicle, and travels from downtown Sonora, to Highway 108, Stockton Road, and eventually back to downtown. The audio in the background is the dispatch radio, and Sheriff Mele. The video displayed shows the law enforcement response, but does not actually show Snyder being fatally shot.

The Sheriff’s Office indicated it is releasing video from the incident so that public has a clear understanding of what transpired that evening. View on mobile devices with YouTube here.

 

 

Las Vegas SWAT team responding to northwest valley neighborhood

A Metro SWAT team on Sunday afternoon is responding to a garage in the northwest valley.

Police were called to a neighborhood in the area of Sterling Silver Street and Old Oxford Avenue, near North Torrey Pines and Peak drives, Metro Lt. Patrick Charoen said.

A male who is possibly armed with a knife is refusing to come out of a garage, Charoen said.

Details on how the situation began were not immediately available.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

Contact Ricardo Torres at rtorres@reviewjournal.com and 702-383-0381. Find him on Twitter: @rickytwrites

Video: Cop Says “Everybody That Plays Frisbee Golf Smokes Weed

disc golf weedAnkeny, IA- The city of Ankeny issued an apology Thursday on behalf of an officer who initiated a peculiar line of questioning about frisbee golf and marijuana during a minor traffic stop.

Video surfaced last week of an unidentified motorist being pulled over by an Ankeny officer, who is also currently unidentified. The driver was stopped for not having his headlights on and the interaction with the officer was benign at first, with the officer simply giving the man a warning.

However, the officer apparently noticed the driver had disc golf equipment inside the car and immediately asked him about the sport after returning the man’s identification.bad cop

“You play frisbee golf?” the officer asked. “I do,” the man replied, “a lot actually, I play over at Heritage.”

“Okay, I need you to answer me a question. Why is it that everybody that plays Frisbee golf smokes weed?” the officer then asked.

“It’s not everybody,” the driver responded, but the officer pressed on. “It’s everybody, man. You can’t tell me you never smoked weed.”